Upcoming Courses in Anthropology


Anthropology Advising Documents 2019-2020

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Fall 2019

The following courses are not offered every year. Now is your chance to take them!

If you would like to take the course but do not have the prerequisite, please contact the instructor to check if you have a prerequisite equivalent.


ANTH-2116 (3)  Visual Anthropology
Instructor: E. Thrift

Visual Anthropology is the study of the visual aspects of culture. This includes material culture photographs, films and viseos. In this course we focus on ethnographic films and videos. With roots in the late 19th Century, ethnographicc films and videos. With roots in the late 19th Century, ethnographic films have flourished as a way of documenting many different cultures. The advent of digital cameras in the 1980s transformed and democratized the practice of ethnographic filming. In this course students critically examine the words of influential ethnographic filmmakers. They also learn to make videos, thereby gaining
a deeper understanding of some of the challenges by filmmaking.


ANTH-2122 (3)  Anthropologists in the Community
Instructor: B. Myhre

Anthropologists are often engaged in research directly with communities. This may involve partnerships, collaboration or supporting communities directly as they lead their own research. Applied anthropology is a sub-field of anthropology which explores ways anthropologists work in communities to help identify and resolve challenges and grow opportunities using anthropological knowledge and methods. This course provides students with an introduction to community based research methods and research design in anthropology.


ANTH-3134 (3) Anthropology of Food
Instructor: K. Gibson

Anthropology is interested in the role of food and the relationship to humans. Food is vital to our health and well-being, however there remains a constant struggle to produce, exchange and eat the food that we need to live a healthy and productive life. Our relationship with food is complex. This course examines the ways in which we understand food as essential, chosen, patterned, and dynamic. Students examine how culture shapes our food production, distribution methods, and dietary habits in all stages of our lives.


ANTH-3406 (3)  Comparative Indo-European Linguistics and Mythology
Instructor: I. Roksandic

This course proposes an integrated overview of Indo-European tradition based on comparative linguistics, mythology, archaeology, social structure and religion. A survey of Indo- European languages, ancient and modern, including their relationships, writing systems, and sociolinguistic context, is followed by an examination of problems in analysis and reconstruction of Indo-European proto-language and proto- culture. The course further explores major Indo-European mythological and poetic traditions, and possible reconstruction of their common sources. It also examines belief systems, literary continuations of mythopoetic material, archeological evidence and historiographic records. Additional in-depth work is required to receive credit at the 4000 level.




Winter 2020


ANTH-3100/4100 (3) History of Anthropology
Instructor: E. Thrift

This course examines the development and influence of select schools of anthropological thought and practice from the nineteenth century to the present. Emphasis is given to the approach and contribution of individual scholars, and to the impact of institutions and historically significant events and trends in shaping disciplinary ideas. Additional in-depth work is required to receive credit at the 4000 level.


ANTH/BANT-3206/4206 (3) Origins of Human Culture
Instructor: Y. Chinique de Armas

Looking at developments in the Old World, this course examines the two million year period from the first appearance of human culture to the agricultural revolution some twelve thousand years ago. It emphasizes the increase in cultural complexity and specialization over time, and the way that culture has permitted humans to adapt to their environment. As well as discussing the general nature of the prehistoric record, the course examines such general questions as the origins of cultural behaviour, the ecology and chronology of the Pleistocene period, demographic evolution and reconstruction, and the relationship between cultural and biological evolution. Additional in-depth work is required to receive credit at the 4000 level.


ANTH/BANT-4305 (3) Problems in Bioanthropology
Instructor: Y. Chinique de Armas

This is an advanced seminar designed to examine selected aspects of method and/or theory in biological anthropology.


ANTH/BANT-4311 (3) Human Paleopathology
Instructor: M. Roksandic

This seminar critically examines biological and cultural concepts and perspectives related to the study of health and disease in past populations. Topics include trauma, joint disease, infections, paleoparasitology, congenital disorders, and the role of human behaviour as a determinant of individual and population health outcomes.